Donald Trump’s campaign and Super PACs are cash-strapped due to his legal problems, so we have not seen too many ads hitting the airwaves as of yet.
That changed on Christmas Eve, as Trump’s campaign finally started to do some ad buys in the early voting states.
Trump has commanding leads in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, but he needs to make sure the actual vote reflects his polling or the media will pounce, and he knows it.
The expectation for the Trump campaign has been set extremely high due to Trump’s monstrous leads in national and state polling right now.
Early in the campaign, Trump told his supporters they did not even have to worry about getting out to vote because his lead was so big, it would not matter.
That narrative changed considerably in recent weeks, with Trump demanding his supporters get out there and vote because he knows that even if he wins big but fails to hit the same numbers as polling, the media will report that he is losing his grip.
This is the danger of touting polls so much after casting doubt about the polls leading up to the 2016 election and throughout his presidency.
In the ad, former White House Press Secretary, now Governor of Arkansas Sarah Sanders narrates the video, stating, “It was Christmas Day. We boarded Air Force One in complete and total darkness.
“We landed in war-torn western Iraq. No lights on the runway. There were hundreds of troops packed into a dining hall. They had absolutely no idea that the president and first lady were about to walk into that room.”
The video continues, “And when they did, it was a sight and a sound and a scene that I hope I never forget. That room absolutely erupted. That was the kind of patriotism President Trump brought back to our country.
“One of the young soldiers yelled from the back of the room, ‘Mr. President, I reenlisted in the military because of you.’ And without missing a beat the president said, ‘And son, I am here because of you.’”
Trump currently holds a 33.6-point lead in Iowa, a 17-point lead in New Hampshire, and a 29.5-point lead in South Carolina.
While still holding a massive lead, Trump’s numbers have been shrinking due to the surge of Nikki Haley, who, nationally, is now only 0.7% behind Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
DeSantis has gone all-in on Iowa knowing that is his best opportunity to score a win and if he does not, I would suspect his campaign will likely be over before South Carolina votes, where he knows he has no chance against Trump and the former governor of the state, Nikki Haley.